Poppies joint-boss Machin happy to work under pressure

Kettering Town joint-manager Scott Machin is happy to have the pressure on him
Kettering Town joint-manager Scott Machin is happy to have the pressure on him

Scott Machin insists he welcomes the pressure that will be on him and fellow joint-manager Thomas Baillie at Kettering Town next season.

The duo, who were part of Dean Thomas’ backroom staff last season, have been handed the reins at Latimer Park following the previous manager’s departure last month due to increased work commitments.

The Kettering hierarchy have been clear in their ambitions for the new Calor League Division One Central campaign as the club look to go one better after they were beaten by Slough Town in last season’s play-off final.

The vast majority of that squad has already been retained while the likes of Brett Solkhon and Andy Hall have returned to the Poppies as they bid for automatic promotion.

With what is likely to be an expectant fanbase also on board, the pressure is likely to be on the joint-bosses once the new campaign kicks off in August.

But Machin is relaxed about the situation and said: “There is obviously going to be pressure on us but I welcome that.

“I think it is much better to have that pressure on you, especially when it is coming from people who only want the best for the club.

“We made it clear in our first statement when we were given the job that the fans can make a big difference and that is the case, without a doubt.

“Their support made a big difference to the players and the management team during last season.

“It is great to have such a big fanbase in place for the level we are at. And we are ready to do all we can to help take the club where it wants to be.”